Actually, it is not for 1000 days. It is just that 3 years times 365 days plus June 27 through June 30, 2008 equals 1098 days, and that is way too cumbersome to convert into a blog headline. Futhermore, our release date will not be determined until May or June of 2011. Therefore, 1000 Days sounded just about right, more or less. Having noted all that, we are humbled and thrilled (Pres. Uchtdorf would refer to the feeling as "joyfully overwhelmed") about having this marvelous opportunity to serve in La Mision Mexico Veracruz.

Con amor,
Pdte. y Hna. Pete and JoElla Hansen

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bro. Cesário Ballesteros had a problem with homicide several years back. He had polio as a child and is partially paralyzed. He has no education and is crippled. No one will hire him. He took to begging on the streets. After many years of frustration, he was contacted by the missionaries who overlooked his station in life and considered him a brother and a child of Heavenly Father. They talked with him and invited him to church. They thought they would not go because the Bible does not mention the name Joseph Smith. But, he came with his wife and children. They both felt comfortable, warm, and welcome. I interviewed him on July 1, 2008 and learned his whole story. He was required to live the life of a member for many months. His wife was baptized without him in July. Over an 8 month period of time he changed. He started a business. He and his wife walk the streets picking up junk metal and plastic and sell it as scrap. He even paid tithing even though he was not a member. The Brethren granted permission and he was baptized on March 21, 2009. They are making plans to be sealed in a year.

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